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What By Brunel's Beard...

Discussion in 'Community Submissions' started by thearkerportian, Sep 19, 2019.

  1. thearkerportian

    thearkerportian Well-Known Member

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    ...happened to the ticket machines at Paddington?
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    And don't say Brunel didn't even have a beard. That's not the point.
     
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    Plague of Locusts?
     
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    thearkerportian Well-Known Member

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    Close enough, what had actually happened is this: GWR (upon a request by network rail as the station manager) required pigeons to buy a platform admission ticket in order to enter any of their stations. While it was initially surprising that the animals actually did comply (apart from individual violators who got subsequently fined), it soon turned out that maintenence cost for the ticket machines skyrocketed over night, so that attempt to gain extra revenue was cancelled barely a month after it began. GWR was in fact so embarrassed about not having thought that through, they even deleted any reference to the experiment from their websites etc, and kindly asked any newspaper that reported about it not to keep any copies of these articles in their archives, and every single one of them complied.

    But trust me, it did happen this way. No, really. If it didn't, then how would I know about it? Huh?
     
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    Ah, yeah. You do get Oyster machines that look like this sometimes, in that part of London, to be fair. They are supposed to be sanitary-wiped every two hours, but sometimes a new cleaner doesn't realise where all the machines are, and the bacteria can build up into a sort of primordial soup. That stuff can make people sneeze as well, which makes reading the screen nearly impossible. That's why the canny commuter learns the correct key sequence for their purchase, so you can just poke the buttons with a stick, without having to look at the screen.
     
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    thearkerportian Well-Known Member

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    A stick? Seriously mate, that's illegal! Don't get caught doing this. Use the RemoTouch Pen™ that TfL and various TOCs offer for sale for 14,99 £ for specifically this purpose and reason. Sticks (same as you own pens etc.) will scratch up the buttons and surfaces of the devices. Also, TfL and various TOCs don't offer sticks for sale for 14,99 £, but that's not the primary concern here OF COURSE!

    On a different note, why not turn this thread into a collection of our "WTF?!" moments in TSW. Not bugs, not things that need urgent fixing, nothing of that kind. But rather the kind of glitches and discoveries that are just odd, or weird, or maybe even have some humouristic value. That make you laugh, giggle, or at least smirk a little. Or scratch your head.

    Acting upon this, the next encounter of that kind happened at Paddington as well:
    20190919172950_1.jpg I used to be an adventurer like you... then I took a class 166 driver's seat to the knee.
     
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    I see your driver's seat to the knee and raise you the super glued to the back of the chair problem.
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    Well it's got the right title for it.
     
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    The next station stop is Stepford, where you can change more than your train.

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    Most immersive glitch ever? Some NPCs tried to sit on my gap, and suddenly I found myself having a body.
     
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    Here's a strange one... I popped out of my 166 at Slough.... I was expecting to see a hive of bustling activity in this popular cultural centre, but all there seemed to be was an abandoned cold and empty wind-swept landscape; the only discernible feature being a sign that said "Slough".

    I couldn't believe my eyes! A real shocker...! I have seen more pleasing sights in the bottom of a drained swimming pool. ;-)

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    EDITED TO ADD: Someone has now told me that this is quite authentic - and a very realistic portrayal of Slough. ;-)
     
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    I've never personally been to the UK, but according to what I've read and heard, the only good reason to visit Slough is when you are wanted for murder in every single other city in the country. Including Luton, which would of course raise the question... why on earth did you murder someone in Luton? Weren't they punished enough as it is?
     
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    Mercy killing?

    Oooh - this thread has got very dark..... LOL... ;-) When I was talking about the swimming pool being drained, I wasn't thinking about the recovery of bodies..., well, not human bodies....

    Re Slough - my picture was a cheap shot.... Apologies to Sloughians. But when poets write about Slough as a place that would benefit from a "friendly" bombing raid falling on it... then you have to wonder. If you look at the picture very carefully - you will see an office block in the murk. But it's not the one in the hit 2001 TV show The Office (supposedly set in Slough) - most of that show was actually filmed in Teddington.....

    NB: In reality, there is absolutely nothing actually wrong with either Slough or Luton. They are just places..... and this is a comedy thread.
     
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    Wrong. They say the same about my city. It's just not true. Though, to be fair, they only made one major mistake here: They rebuilt it after the war. Should have left the ruins to just rot away and get overgrown by nature. Like Pompeii. Linke Angkor. Problem solved. But no...
     
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    A sign of the times.
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    "'Come friendly bombs and fall on Slough, it isn’t fit for humans now.' Right, I don’t think you solve town planning problems by dropping bombs all over the place, he’s embarrassed himself there."
    —David Brent.
     
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    And I'll raise you these headless wonders. If you try to walk down a carriage with people in, you can just shove them along until weird stuff starts happening! Train Sim World_20190908210042.jpg Train Sim World_20190908210059.jpg
     
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    I won't ask! :|
     
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    No screenshot available (perhaps someone can supply one), but teleporting inside the secondman's head is a particularly surreal experience.
     
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    On the walk from Hollis to Jamaica. Good thing I wasn't driving a train I guess...

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    Erm?
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    Class 55 and 800, perhaps it's a teaser to 2 new upcoming routes? :)


    Be careful of that electrified 3rd rail as you're walking about. ;)
     
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    I'm not gonna tell how long it took me to realise what's wrong with "So what, it's just loco #55 800" in a TSW context :D
     
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    Is that how bricks work? Educate us please, Wendover!

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    (RRO)
     
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    thearkerportian Well-Known Member

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    "Alright. I admit it. I'm scared!"
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    1442% realistic!
     
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    Stop sign passed at danger? Or what does this constitute now?
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    (Rhein-Ruhr Osten, Ennepetal)
     
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